Bitwise: A Life in Code
By 作者: David Auerbach
ISBN-10 书号: 1101871296
ISBN-13 书号: 9781101871294
Release Finelybook 出版日期: 2018-08-28
pages 页数: (304
Book Description to Finelybook sorting
An exhilarating, elegant memoir and a significant polemic on how computers and algorithms shape our understanding of the world and of who we are
Bitwise is a wondrous ode to the computer lanВguages and codes that captured technologist David AuerbachвЂ™s imagination. With a philosoВpherвЂ™s sense of inquiry, Auerbach recounts his childhood spent drawing ferns with the proВgramming language Logo on the Apple IIe, his adventures in early text-based video games, his education as an engineer, and his contribuВtions to instant messaging technology develВoped for Microsoft and the servers powering GoogleвЂ™s data stores. A lifelong student of the systems that shape our livesвЂ”from the psyВchiatric taxonomy of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual to how Facebook tracks and profiles its usersвЂ”Auerbach reflects on how he has experienced the algorithms that taxonomize human speech, knowledge, and behavior and that compel us to do the same.
Into this exquisitely crafted, wide-ranging memoir of a life spent with code, Auerbach has woven an eye-opening and searing examinaВtion of the inescapable ways in which algoВrithms have both standardized and coarsened our lives. As we engineer ever more intricate technology to translate our experiences and narrow the gap that divides us from the maВchine, Auerbach argues, we willingly erase our nuances and our idiosyncrasiesвЂ”precisely the things that make us human.
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